Ofcom outlines plans for investment in next generation broadband

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards has set out a pro-investment framework for next generation, super-fast broadband networks and invited industry leaders to commit with Ofcom to help implement its rollout across Britain.

Speaking at technology trade body Intellect's conference in London, Richards said he would be contacting industry leaders to invite them to assist Ofcom in putting the plan into action.

"Our position is clear. Ofcom favours a regulatory environment for the next generation of networks and access that both allows and encourages operators to make risky investments, to innovate for the benefit of consumers and, if the risks pay off, for the benefit of their shareholders too." said Richards.

He added: "Over the last few weeks there has been a step change in the level of interest and engagement on next generation access issues from a range of companies and organisations.

This is excellent news and a development that I very much welcome. Now we have meaningful engagement, the time is right to change gear in our determination to address regulatory and other issues of practical implementation."

Richards revealed that Ofcom plans to host the first of a series of working sessions focused on practical action and resolution of areas of uncertainty as soon as possible.

Alongside these meetings, Richards said Ofcom aims to set out details of the regulatory framework for superfast broadband in September.

DTG Staff  |  04.07.2008

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